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caught in the crossfire kurds living in northern syria face of deadly onslaught from a car extremists ready to wipe them off the face of the earth to make way for breakaway islamic state. brock obama accusing russia of reverting to a cold war mentality while moscow declares all of his still of the use dead and buried we report on the latest chill in relations triggered by the snowden dispute . plus candidates for the post of moscow mayor take their skirmish to the media arena as we report on the campaign promises of the main rivals.
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this is coming to you live from moscow i'm marina joshie welcome to the program the leader of a rocky kurdistan has said that his forces could intervene to protect fellow kurds in neighboring syria who are facing a daily on slot from jihad is to militants the al qaida linked factions which initially flooded into syria to fight against the government there are now seeking to set up an islamic state in the country's northeast reports on the plight of the kurds. we've been speaking to eyewitnesses relatives and also kurdish journalists and from the sequence of events that we've been able to piece together that commie nineteenth of july you had an assault by islamist extremists at that stage they placed a bomb in a local kurdish school they also rounded up and abducted a number of civilians the very next day a number of kurdish houses in various kurdish enclave were blown up it was also an
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entire kurdish village that was destroyed and some five hundred people were kidnapped that violence continued into early august when you had the report of killing at least some seventy kurds and the abduction of another three hundred and fifty now this week we saw a massacre in which some four hundred and fifty could were killed from the figures we've been receiving some one hundred twenty of them were children some three hundred and thirty of them were women that massacre happening in a syrian town on the turkish border not neither damascus nor the opposition has actually confirmed that massacre but we have been speaking to eyewitnesses and this is what they told us back in recently they are actually came into villages and started to blame the locals would be faithless it was during ramadan they opened fire on villagers people came onto the streets men women and children they fired at everyone who came in the way they captured many young men and began to cut them
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with knives we told them that we were muslims too but they said that they would continue to kill us they also said that our grant to them all or money or property or women then they begin tomorrow everyone around my nephew was killed. when civilians escaped their shot militias raided their house and blew up some of them and robbed others the conditions are very bad people are in fear and terrorized the all nusra fighters are out of control there raiding the streets there's no media coverage and anyone who tries to reach out. it's being kidnapped by the militants and one of the problems we face is that some reports are difficult to verify as you heard there from kurds we've been speaking to they say that if they come forward and they report on any abductions kidnappings and killings they themselves run the risk of being looted so they want to have is there's a need to have the language that is being carried out by the islamist fighters this is resulting in the spread of this information you have the scarcity of sources
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this too is leading to discrepancies in the reports that are making it into the international media and then of course you have videos that are being posted online that are sometimes difficult to independently verify there was one video that was posted that the porter to show the killing of kurds it said that they were burned to death later this turned out to be foals now we could simms solves the say that the attacks are being carried out by islamised fighters that are linked to al qaida you have as one of these groups the all nusra front and this is an organization that is pledged to establish an islamic state in northern syria this is precisely the area where these kurds are living so this is why or both for some time you've had the kurds on the periphery of the conflict increasingly we've seen them in the line of fire cold war truly dandan buried it seems that something moscow and washington can't quite agree on russia's recent tensions are just
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a temporary glitch but senior u.s. figures including president obama are calling for relations to be paused and reassess and at the center of the ongoing diplomatic storm is american whistleblower edward snowden as you can now reports. remember the meeting between russian and u.s. officials at the state department comes days after president obama canceled the bilateral summit with the russian president in september more and more often we hear about a new cold war between moscow and washington so everyone was listening very closely to what officials on both sides were saying and we heard two different messages coming from president obama and foreign minister lavrov remember very well what you saw when we were saying goodbye he said well i believe that we can make a difference in the rest of their convictions let's. get as adults and that's what we're trying to do because if. small
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incidents. become an impediment to every single. i think it would be very wrong. for this president obama in the meantime did the opposite he has basically hyped up the cold war talk when president putin who was prime minister aware that it was president came back into power i think we saw more rhetoric on the russian side that was anti-american that. played into some of the old stereotypes about the cold war contest between the united states and russia and i've encouraged mr putin to. think forward as opposed to back on those issues with mixed success president obama also said in light of all the disagreements with russia mentioning syria and snowden it's time to make appalls and to recalibrate the tone of the talks at the state department at least the
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opening part that we have seen so it was a difference that there was an agreement on both sides that they should not lead disagreements and standards completely overshadow whatever progress the two countries can actually make one area where the two countries can make a difference is the crisis in syria both state the objective the same objective that they want to political solution that they want to bring all sides of the syrian conflict together in geneva to try and make. such a political solution the syrian opposition says they are not going to sit down a one table with those who have blood on their hands moscow says you know what have to stop the bloodshed all hands need to come to the negotiating table and foreign minister lavrov this friday he said that secretary kerry assured him that the opposition will be there at that negotiating table so there were some very serious issues on the agenda like syria like missile defense in europe where russia and the u.s. obviously don't see eye to eye but making progress on any of those topics becomes that much harder when the relations are defined by scandals and today we heard
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foreign minister lavrov trying very hard to ease the tension to move it away from the cold war talk but president obama's remarks seem to have exacerbated the tension. well international relations experts here in town again told r.t. how she views the latest spat and she thinks the united states is letting anger require out its judgment the u.s. administration simply cannot afford to exclude russia from important talks on very important issues. before snowden happens a couple months ago those issues that were very much to do with syria and some foreign policy issues as well as some economic issues that the u.s. and russia have in common it just seems that this particular snowden affair has unleashed a level of anger in the u.s. government that has that is preventing them from actually doing what they do very
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well which is to manage foreign policy manage crises and use the press to do that i think it's actually. a very unique and rarely seen sign of weakness. well while some analysts double obama's reactions over the top it's quite mild compared to what some u.s. lawmakers want from sanctions to an olympic boycott senators and congressmen demand a russia is punished for daring to give snowden asylum and you can tell us what you think this crisis bodes for russia on our website web site r t v dot com well let's take a look at the side of votes so far almost three quarters as you can see of those who voted believe very little changes relations are too poor already to be affected much about twenty two percent of the point believe that economic ties are too important animal whether this crisis well just a small fraction believe the snow to matter will blow over and that relations
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aren't all that bad and even less thing that russia will be made to suffer for giving a safe haven to out of work snowden so do let us know what you think on this issue by logging on to our t. dot com. and at the same news conference where president obama mentioned the strains with moscow he promised to reform the much maligned n.s.a. surveillance program more transparency and supervision are on the cards he said but gave no indication that met surveillance will be scaled back investigative reporter dave lindorff told us the president's just trying to calm the public anger. first of all history press conference is totally for u.s. consumption and secondly. we have now seen five years of this where he says one thing and does another. you know he he is not going to cut back on the n.s.a. spying that's clear or. he he could just order it to cut back if he would he in the
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past had expressed great concern about the n.s.a. program and yet he's expanded it on his watch for five years so i don't see it being cut back east been going after whistleblowers in the most fierce way that anyone can recall and he uses it for that so what they're trying to do is tamp down a growing concern about all the spying among american. with the number of people who are saying that there is too much spying that the war on terror is over stepped on civil liberties. now back to our top story the leader of iraq to kurdistan has said that his forces could intervene to protect fellow kurds in neighboring syria who are facing a daily onslaught from jihad as militants political philosophy professor george abor is joining me live now from damascus to talk more about this thank you so much mr jaber for joining us here and here to discuss this you are currently in syria so
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what can you tell us about what's happening in the areas populated by kurds in your country. the areas heated in kurds in syria has always been. sort of a problem for syria. especially since the sixty's. we have to see this the kurds you nationality. are the important minority in syria and then the r c two e two or the borders with. turkey this means that they have a certain feeling of oneness within themselves and do you feel you can be some sort of autonomous we in syria have a. lot of decent television programs but then perhaps they did not see that it is
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enough for them to know the syrian government granted these events of the nationality which was denied to them. or at least to some of them in former times this is the position of the senior government sort of beat them more. to understand the situation. well if he was lying there that's again the herds have ask away to over the past couple of weeks can you tell us what's behind this and why is it happening now. yes something happened on the thirtieth of july. it was assassinated in the northern city of karachi and then there were before that after that sort
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of collision of. violent collisions with the group includes the. shot and there are. organisations. more or less tied to. the jihadists and. the third was voted and of course we do that you could substitute it in dismantling the attacks that. the rates objected to by the. group and now i see. the kurds in syria constitute some sort of force of their own in syria. just a bit a little bit. in the region. and. extending their autonomy making some.
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even order to after they're the issues and message i'm sure we're also hearing that the selfish interests were also hearing that iraq and kurds are ready to stand up for syrian kurds what does actually mean for the whole region and what implications might it have for the neighboring countries and the region in the whole very briefly if you could let me continue the first idea. of not cypriot just the other part of the c.e.o. of goldman book called to duty for this but then there is that he didn't question the kurdish question i have always been said that if he. forty eight marks mentioned something about it boosts its revenue through europe and it is communism i see the ghost traveling in the middle east and it is declared disgust for the poor this is a vital question in the area and it is sad that it was ignored by the governments
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of the countries that have to minorities. have advised. the countries surrounding iraq would be used to have meetings on delivery of forty ministers the first issue that this would discuss is the future of the produce question there is a nationality there is healing it would be when this and at the same time there is a feeling also a move the goodness of syria that it is not. for them for hilarity or freezes to ask these are for independence or for is a creation nor for and you see. this centralized system bordering on pinder sand georgia for the unfortunate we have to leave it there were running out of time thank you so much for your views here that was professor of political philosophy georgia board talking to us from damascus. well just
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a hat for you here in r t the concept of pick your own food goes a staff further as a fast food culture takes a finding out of quality meals we report from one forum where you can chat on your chops while the animal is still life. hands wasted holidays british tourist uncontrollable drinking habits are causing headaches for u.k. embassies around the world that story is coming up in just a few minutes here in r.t. . you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realize that everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm tom harpur welcome to the big picture.
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. welcome back here with our team now a hated race to become moscow's new mayor is a full throttle with a major adversaries now officially changing political blows in the media battle field and with a less than a month left before polling day campaigning has already seen its share of scandals arches and he's now it takes a closer look at the front runners. and they're off the last leg of the campaign has officially begun in the first election for moscow's mayor in ten years there are six candidates over seven million registered voters and a lot of promises being made it's not easy to please a city of an estimated fourteen million people there are major problems huge projects and the seemingly never ending fight against corruption incumbents serviceably on and on his team in office for two years are confident the city streets speak for themselves. as have been completely changed the city is pro-war
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it is have been public space fighting traffic development of public transportation and to take medicine and education to new levels of development and his plan is to continue that work if he is elected but also running is anti corruption blogger and opposition leader alexei no martin lee recently wrapped up an assault scandal arrested and then released his campaign volunteers are promising a new moscow. if you've ever been to paris that's what we want boulevards green everywhere look here for two months they've been putting down tiles by pots are plants where traffic will be like the rest of the world not like some banyan. although a staunch critic of the government numbers on these platforms so far sounds a lot like some guidance it's a nice little program you know it's a program geared for the reach for the reach young and active you know so that they would be able to survive in the seat you so what about those who are old poor and
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need support but a state media is focused on sit down and the opposition media with some help from the west and pro mangold's is promotion of all the so the core mission of the socialists are sidelined but i think they were kind of format shaped you are mean you go you know a scientist. also i think that asian man a scientist of the socialist kind of i think their programs are solid one more humane either way the vote is expected to draw tremendous turnout that's media coverage and possibly even controversy and he's now a r t moscow. well today it's not a problem to make a quick bite if you have a lot on your plate just warm your food and a microwave but for some of that approach is simply not good enough we want to know exactly what they are tucking into r.t. if you're all over him at one german farmer who has found a way to satisfy even the most picky of appetites. europeans want to know exactly
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where their food is coming from this year we've seen the scandal of horsemeat being passed off as beef in ready meals and the genetically modified crop giant monsanto decides that there isn't a market for them in you. all this is given one pig farmer an idea how to assure customers that his product is the best it can be and. it's important for people to see the environment where that it will take an animal has grown up they get to see them in a field surrounded by grass not in some big stock even if by buying from burned is a little different from going to your local organic butcher customers pick their pick from photos online and then through a web cam they can watch the animal grow when you get back and then several months later they receive their requested cut. the idea behind this belongs to a student from berlin who denis bookman his philosophy was that people should look
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better quality products he wanted to increase awareness and make it known how produced with famous chefs politicians and styles of music in sport queuing up the bones products from the caucus and some with a whole pig going for around four hundred fifty euros. the transport ends their policy on customers like to have transparency in the production process and people want to know where their meat comes from where we're looking to fill that niche. these days more and more people are concerned where their food has come from but for some just because you like pork chops doesn't mean you want to come face to face with the pig. that you wouldn't like it would be counter to tell you i'm sorry because it could be thinking. oh yeah tastes great but i'm not sure i would have liked to see it when it was a lie many though seem happy enough to watch their dinner. grow from
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a free range piglets to a juicy. couplet. you get to see where the biggest comes from have a grow up in the live ultimately hookworms who the product i've got no problem. with goods or groups in a natural habitat with a target big stays in better days you know what you're eating in light of the recent scandal that is important you want to see it. moves done is would say they'd want farm animals read in healthy conditions before they get to the but whether you want a closer relationship with looks to become your sausages or chops is reason a matter of taste these are all the germ. and i always take a look at some other stories from around the world clashes in northern ireland have left fifty six police officers injured loyalist protesters attacked security forces with bricks and bottles as they waited for republican parade in belfast police use baton rounds and water cannon to disperse the rally in july
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a riot shook the city for five days after a loyalist were banned from parading through an nationalist area of the city. in northern japan at least five people have been killed after a tarantula rain caused massive flooding three of them died in months lloyd's which crushed their houses have been evacuated from other water logged areas with a major search now underway for those missing. having fun and relaxing is what holidays are all about but it seems some brits just don't know when they've had enough of a good thing british tourists are among the most atory as drinkers around the world and sarah further explains they seem to think nothing can stop them. you say you pull the take a and you're finally off on your holiday from say the very last thing you want to have happen is to get into trouble opposing it nineteen thousand people
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saw consular assistance last year according to the latest figures by the foreign and commonwealth office into british behavior pools there has been a rise in some countries of more serious crimes and that's cool saying concern in particular the statistics about rape and sexual assaults are up by ten percent now the countries that have been pinpointed as a particular areas of concern especially in turkey enjoys all countries popular with young holidaymakers all countries renowned for their very busy nightlife now it has to be said the brits do tend to have a bit of a reputation of course and out the whole continues to be a major factor in many of the problems that i think we are as a nation five who live abroad especially begins you often see brits completely drunk. yeah alcohol is the biggest fight to earn income above says nine hundred
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thousand people so consular assistance thing a lot of that's going to be getting drunk a little bit a little bit tonight and so the foreign and commonwealth office reminding travelers once again to keep safe. coming up after the break it's prime interest don't go away. everyone respects a promise written in stone promises written on the internet well they're a bit more flexible and a lot easier to erase obama made a lot of promises as a candidate on his site change dot gov including some about protecting whistleblowers and obama said that we need to empower federal employees as watchdogs and that he would strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste fraud and abuse of authority and government but strangely and possibly coincidentally two days after the first revelation of government
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spying by stoughton these promises of the changed on gov site were taken down if this is not just some odd coincidence and they consciously chose to hide obama's campaign promises that this is political cowardice at its worst and words even worse is that they didn't think that this would get exposed almost immediately if you try to conduct some sort of medieval book burning to destroy information on the internet then you are only going to get burnt yourself but that's just my opinion. good afternoon and welcome to prime interest i'm harry and boring in above. a bit since it is headlined. so if you're going to fight the fat do it legislatively today age twenty two year old bangladeshi man with since he was thirty years for attempting to blow up the new york federal reserve building his cell phone with
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traded by the f.b.i. who supplied him with one thousand pounds of fake explosives according to the justice department the attempted bomber asserted the plan was his own and that is goal was to do. quote destroy america by targeting it's economy no evidence was introduced in court of him scoping out the new york stock exchange he eventually chose or help to choose the new york fed itself and it is the london whale simply john corps m.f. global read out the stories are being floated in the media today the first by bloomberg regards j.p. morgan which is negotiating with regulators over the derivatives debacle that cost the farm over six billion dollars according to quote people mr diamond's firm will likely get off with only a fine. and according to sources the london will himself will not face u.s. charges so why the possible john corazon redux.